HBO Max does not stream Venom 2 (but it has many Saints of Newark)

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HBO Max is currently streaming new movies from Warner Bros. the same day they were released in cinemas.

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HBO Max has become synonymous with streaming new theater films this year, thanks to an unprecedented number of movies released on service at no extra cost the same day they hit theaters in the US. But this weekend’s biggest new movie — Venom: Let There Be Carnage, the Marvel-related sequel — will not be available there. It also does not stream on Disney Plus, even though Disney owns Marvel. (Yes, it’s complicated. Read the next episode below.) But this weekend’s second big release – The Many Saints of Newark, a movie that is a prequel to the mobster series The Sopranos – became available to stream on HBO Max early Friday morning.

The many Saints in Newark ends Cry Macho, the latest flick from director Clint Eastwood, and Malignant, a new horror film from the creator of The Conjuring series, as the current theatrical releases streaming on Max.

That’s because the only movies HBO Max streams while still in theaters are Warner Bros. -movie. The Many Saints of Newark, Cry Macho and Malignant, all Warner Bros. movies, qualifies to stream on HBO Max. Venom 2 is distributed by another company.

HBO Max made waves last year when it announced that it would stream new, theatrically released films from Warner Bros. studios at no extra charge the same day, they hit the big screen during 2021. It included i.a. Godzilla vs. Kong, In the heights and Space Jam: A New Legacy earlier in the year, as well as upcoming releases Dune and Matrix 4.

But it also means that movies from any other studio will not be on Max the same day.

The strategy has created a misunderstood hope among filmmakers when anyone new film hits cinemas. Without knowing the studio that distributes the new movie, many people become curious that it might also be one of the movies available on HBO Max.

Warner Bros. movies have the direct pipeline to Max because HBO Max and Warner Bros. both are owned and operated by AT & T’s WarnerMedia. They are essentially siblings.

But it is worth noting that this hybrid strategy is unique to Warner Bros. and HBO. No other Hollywood studio is so aggressive in putting so many movies (including megabudget movies) on a streaming service instantly at no extra cost.

The hybrid release strategy is actually so aggressive that WarnerMedia will end it after 2021. As of 2022, Warner Bros. movies will only have a 45-day window in theaters before hitting HBO Max. However, that theater window will be much shorter than it was before the pandemic.

No. Venom: There Will Be Carnage is distributed by Sony Pictures, which will release it exclusively in theaters on Friday. That means it will not be on HBO Max – or on Disney Plus or any other streaming service for that matter.

Venom 2 also does not end up streaming on either Max or Disney Plus at any time in the near future. Venom is part of the Spider-Man universe, all of which originate from Marvel, but Disney’s Marvel and Sony have a complicated licensing division for Spider-Man characters. Basically, Sony is responsible for making and distributing independent Spider-Man universe movies, and then Disney’s Marvel can “borrow” the characters for movies in its own Marvel Cinematic Universe. That’s why Tom Holland’s Spider-Man appears in the Avengers movies.

Through another complicated licensing agreement, Sony has an agreement in place that the films in 2021 will first go to Starz, where they can be viewed on its traditional channels or streamed in its app. So Starz will be the first place you will be able to stream Venom 2, which should be available there sometime in 2022.

What about other movies out now? Streamer Shang-Chi? Free guy? Dear Evan Hansen? Such a man?

None of them are on Max, but there are ways to stream some of them.

Marvel’s Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings will not be available to stream until November 12, when it becomes available on Disney Plus at no extra cost for a regular subscription.

But Free Guy does not stream at all. It is distributed by 20th Century Studios, part of Disney, and Disney provides Free guy 45 days in cinemas exclusively from August 13, so it will not be possible to stream anywhere while it is in cinemas.

However, the first place you will be able to stream Free Guy is probably HBO Max, just not for several months. Movie licensing is complicated, and HBO locked the rights many years ago to be the first place to stream 20th-century movies. HBO Max will be the first streaming service to get Free Guy due to the pre-existing licensing agreement, even though Disney owns streaming services Disney Plus and Hulu, and one or both of them can stream Free Guy even later than HBO.

But HBO Max is not expected to start streaming Free Guy until about six to nine months after its theatrical release. This means that it will only be available to stream there until next year.

Dear Evan Hansen and Candyman are both distributed by Universal, and they were originally only released in theaters. However, Candyman is available as a digital rental now.

But HBO is the first place Universal movies are shown on TV or a streaming service, so both of those movies end up streaming on HBO Max first. HBO has a so-called pay-one licensing agreement with Universal, but these movies do not reach HBO and HBO Max until they have been available in three other ways: first as a theatrical release, then as an online rental, and finally on Blu-ray and DVD. . Typically, these pay-one films tend to be released for streaming approximately nine months after theatrical release, but no date has yet been announced for Dear Evan Hansen or Candyman.

Either way, it means HBO Max is on track to get it streaming first before other services, sometime next year.

What new movies can I stream on HBO Max now while they’re still in theaters?

All of these titles will be available on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters in the United States.

In general, most of the new Warner Bros. will be. movies available for streaming on Max at. 12:01 PT / 3: 01 am ET on the day of their release. However, the arrival time for other films may vary, depending on when the first cinematic screenings take place in cinemas. Wonder Woman 1984 became e.g. Available at 9.00 PT / dinner ET on December 25, because it was the earliest theaters that were open that day. Suicide Squad was in the same boat and arrived at the service at an atypical time.

All Warner Bros. Movies released in this “hybrid” model on HBO Max can be viewed in 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR image quality, although these formats are not yet standard on the full Max library.

Several movies have already come and gone, including Mortal Kombat and Godzilla vs. Kong. But all these Warner Bros. movies return to HBO Max to stream a few months after their release. Wonder Woman 1984, for example, is back on HBO Max to stream after it left the service in January under its theater window.

But 2021 is planned to be the only year for this phenomenon of streaming new big screen movies on HBO Max as soon as they hit theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic. Warner Bros. has said that 10 movies produced by the studio will go directly to HBO Max in 2022, but major franchise movies will have 45 days in theaters exclusively with no streaming capability during the time starting next year.


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